The Emperor's Children – Claire Messud (2006)

The Emperor's Children

I saw a few very good reviews of Claire Messud’s new novel The Emperor’s Children, and decided it was worth a try. Indeed, it is a pleasure to read, just slightly rich so that you may not want to take in too much at a time. Set in New York City in 2001, centering on three characters who are 30 years old, and each one a bit lost, not quite able to do the things that they are capable of.

The book deals with 9/11 in a way that acknowledges the personal impact that the day’s events had on each person, along with the more sweeping political changes. If anything, I wish the book had gone on further, to follow these characters along, to see what changes they would make in their lives.

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